8 Household Uses for Cinnamon

8 Household Uses for Cinnamon

The warm smell of cinnamon is a cozy seasonal classic. It is often used as a spice in baking or as flavoring in foods or teas. With such versatile properties, there is a cinnamon trick out there for everyone.

  1. Multi-Purpose Cleaner

    Cinnamon essential oil can be combined with either 1 1/2 cups or apple cider vinegar or vodka. According to Mother Earth News, “citrus scents such as lemon, orange or grapefruit act as degreasers,” the site says. “While cinnamon, eucalyptus, ginger, tea tree and thyme are antibacterials.” The vinegar scent is said to dissipate, while the fresh fragrance of cinnamon essential oil will remain after cleaning. The number of cinnamon essential oil drops you use can vary, however an estimated 30 drops are suggested. Use an empty spray bottle for storage. According to the National Institutes of Health, certain types of cinnamon may contain antibacterial and anti-fungal agents that can help to eliminate the growth and spread of harmful pathogens.

  2. Air-Freshener

    Much like cinnamon essential oil can be mixed with alcohol or vinegar to create a natural cleaner, cinnamon essential oil can also be added to water in an empty spray bottle for a seasonal air freshener. A few drops of cinnamon essential oil will do, as the smell of water is neutral. Spray in the air or on the surface of furniture to eliminate overpowering unpleasant odors.

  3. 3.) Holiday Wreath: Cinnamon sticks can be arranged to in a circle to make a simple wreath. Often an empty frame for a wreath can be found at a local arts and crafts store. Use a hot glue gun to attach the cinnamon sticks.
  4. 4.) Cognitive Memory Booster: Sniffing cinnamon is said to increase memory and brain activity. Also, drinking cinnamon tea or eating some can also improve concentration and awareness.
  5. 5.) Fighting Tooth Decay: Cinnamon is known for having antibacterial properties capable of killing bacteria.  According to Natural Food Benefits, chewing on cinnamon or gargling with cinnamon water can potentially alleviate the pain of a toothache while freshening breath.
  6. 6.) Clearing Congestion: According to sources, using about a 1/4 cup of cinnamon powder daily with a tablespoon of honey can allegedly help reduce symptoms of chronic coughing and congestion related to the common cold. It is also said to assist in clearing congested sinuses.
  7. 7.) Urinary Tract Infections: Cinnamon is known to be a diuretic. According to Natural Food Benefits, individuals who eat cinnamon regularly report lower incidences of urinary problems.
  8. 8.) Diabetes: Some medical studies suggest that consuming an estimated 6 grams of cinnamon daily can aid in reducing levels of cholesterol, glucose and triglyceride in those with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, according to research published by “Diabetics Care.”

 

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